Renardo Sidney: Finally Settling Down

21 06 2008

Sidneyphoto 

Sidney grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and was a know commodity from an early age by his local community. After his eighth grade season Renardo attended a basketball camp in NJ and was an instant sensation. He briefly attended Piney Woods School in Mississippi. He was later ruled ineligable after former Ole Miss assistant Wayne Brent recruited his father as an assistant coach. In all, Sidney has attended 3 high schools in 3 years and currently attends Fairfax Senior High.

Sidney plays his summer ball for the LA Dream team, a new team to the summer circuit. The team is actually coached by Renardo Sidney Sr.

Sidney has grown into a once in every few years kind of specimen. Standing 6’10, 270 pounds Sidney can more than hold his own in the post, probably the post in the NBA’s eastern conference as well. Sidney is more than capable of knocking down the short jumper and he passes the ball as good as any other big man in his class. Not to mention his serviceable ball handling skills. He will fit nicely into high post offensive sets at the division 1 level and beyond.

Sidney played his sophomore season for division 3 power house Lakewood Artesia, CA. Sidney put the team on his broad shoulders and plowed his way to the state title. Producing a frenzy not seen around a dominant center in the L.A. area, since Amir Johnson’s fabled run. A writer on the L.A. Times staff went so far to say this:

“Sidney is like Shaq, only he can shoot threes.”

That opinion may be in the minority because Sidney has been criticized at times for his work ethic. Fairfax High coach Harvey Kitani has been coaching for 27 seasons. Kitani willed Sidney into manageable game shape, now the intriguing big could be the best pupil he’s ever mentored:

He is such a phenomenal player,” Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said. “He has a great feel for the game.”

“What’s amazing about the guy is he has a lot of skills,” Kitani said. “I’m impressed with the fact he has a pretty complete game.”

Kitani is the kind of coach that Sidney needs. Kitani takes a no nonsense, everyone is equal approach to coaching. Sidney sat out the first monthof this past season with a knee injury. Sidney thought that he would leisurely walk through and ease his way back into practice in October of 2007. Sidney quickly realized that he had to go full speed that day and everyday. Kitani looks as if he came into the big fella’s life at the right time. The Coach’s track record should speak for itself. Former Lion’s include Josh Shipp, Chance Stanback and Jamal Boykin.

Sidney put up some huge numbers this past season in mid January Sidney posted 36 points (career high) 19 boards, 3 blocks and 5 assists as his Fairfax Lions won a close one 68-63. Oh yeah, 10 of his points came on dunks.

As of now, Sidney is on the the path to superstar-dome and is a sure fire lottery pick whenever he is ready to go. Kentucky is among his favorites’ and its nice to see the Wildcat’s consistently and seriously mentioned by top notch players. If one gets their name on enough lists, eventually it’s going to pay off. Unfortunately, the consensus is that Sidney would like to remain on the west coast.

Fairfax also has a unique variation of a shoe designed by Nike. The Lebron Zoom’s were done in a limited run for the storied basketball team.

 

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Checking in on, Duncaville’s Shawn Williams

16 06 2008

 Shawn Williams

Duncanville, Texas is home to one of the top basketball teams in the nation, the Duncanville Panthers. Panthers Head Coach Phil McNeely has won almost 700 games in 26 seasons at the helm of the Panthers. The team currently hosts two of the best 2009 prospects in 6’5 combo-forward, Roger Franklin and 6’6 small forward, Shawn Williams. Franklin is a shoe in on high major roster, having received no less than nine offers from power conference schools. Williams is a ultra smooth prospect with an incredibly sound game and the ability to beat his man off of the dribble.

The past six months of  Williams life, have solidified him as one of the top prospects in the 09′ class. Williams has developed confidence in his game, showcasing it against the best in the nation. Not only on the AAU circuit, but the high school hardwood as well. Williams is a proven winner as his Panthers squad posted a 53 game winning streak until running into Oak Hill Academy late in December, 2007.

The Duncanville Panthers played two of the toughest opponents that a team could play. First the Panthers squared off against Oak Hill Academy. The game was a barn burner to say the least and ended in overtime on a missed shot in the lane by Williams. Oak Hill won the game 78-77.  Williams was the second best player on the court, posting 21 points and 16 rebounds. Williams did however miss a shot in a lane at the buzzer that would have secured a Panther win. Brandon Jennings was the reason that Oak Hill won putting up 34 points on 32 shots.

The Panthers then went on to the Beach Ball Classic, in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. After struggling early, but managing to advance to the title game. Franklin, Williams and fellow 2009 recruit Reger Dowell played like they had something to prove in the finale against Wheeler (GA), wining the game 69-57. Roger Franklin was named MVP of the Tournament, but is was Williams 23 points and 12 boards that secured the win against Wheeler. 

“Our record speaks for itself,” Duncanville forward Shawn Williams said. “We’ve lost one game in two years. No matter how we look, we are going to find a way to win.”

In early May Williams narrowed his list, listing Florida as his leader. Kentucky, Texas, UCLA, Arkansas. Louisville and Baylor are still firmly in the mix.

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2009 PG, A.J. Walton Approaching Decision Time, No Mention of UK Offer?

14 06 2008

A.J. Walton 

A.J. Walton is a 6’1, 180 pound, junior guard from Little Rock Arkansas. Walton is a very talented prospect with endless potential.  A.J. is a natural leader and has a strong presence on the court. Walton’s play however, has been inconsistent at times, but has seemingly turned it on as of late. Arkansas coach John Pelphrey is making a strong push to land Walton, but the signings of Courtney Fortson and Rotnei Clarke in 08′ may hurt the Hog’s chances of landing the homegrown talent. As a Junior Walton led his Hall high school squad to the class 6A title.  Walton then went on to lead his Arkansas Wings Gold over the Arkansas Wings Red team, in the AAU 17 & under state tournament. Walton scored 23 points, 7 assists and 5 steals.

Walton knows that he is a good player but at the same time knows that he is a work in progress.

“I’m good at giving out assists and getting to the basket with ease,” said Walton

“I need to work on my defense and my outside shot and pull-up jump shot.”

Walton’s list of possible destinations include Marquette, Baylor, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Walton has also received an offer form the Kentucky coaching staff, but has seemingly ruled out Lexington as an option.

Walton was recently interviewed by Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democratic Gazette. Walton was asked what he liked about each of the four schools that he currently lists. 

Arkansas – “I’m an Arkansas boy, I grew up here,” said Walton, who’s also receiving interest from Florida, Colorado and Tulsa. “Coach [John ] Pelphrey and I have a good relationship. There are a lot of people down here that want me to go to Arkansas. I try to go up there as much as I can.” Walton is fond of the Baylor coaching staff.

Baylor – “I love the coaching staff,” Walton said. “I love Baylor all together. The school is beautiful and Waco [Texas ] is a wonderful place to be. The coaches said they were really interested in me and wanted me to play for them.”

Marquette-, who offered Walton a scholarship two weeks ago, is where his favorite NBA player attended college.

“My favorite NBA player is Dwyane Wade,” he said. “I pattern my game after him, and I try to be like him. Marquette is a top 10 school. I love them.” Former Arkansas assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro is recruiting Walton for the Sooners.

Oklahoma -“Me andCoach Taliaferro have a good relationship,” Walton said. “I’ve been up there plenty of times. They’re just a good all around group of coaches.”

Walton has said that he would like to make his decision by the end of the Summer. With the end of the summer quickly approaching, it’s looking like a four horse race for Walton. For now, I would say that for now, it’s safe to scratch Mr. Walton off of the list.





#2.d- Joe Jackson

1 04 2008

Jackson

  • Position: PG
  • School: White Station Spartans, TN
  • Hometown: Memphis
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 160

Jackson has been a highly touted prospect since his freshman season. His small stature and uncanny speed separate hm form your average high school player. Jackson has improved greatly over his 2 season of high school ball. In March of 08′ Jackson and teammate Ferrakohn Hall led the Spartans to a victory in the state tournament quarter-final round over tough opponent Oak Ridge. Jackson posted 26 points including 16, in the fourth quarter. Jackson is in the mold of an Allen Iverson, built like a point guard, the mentality of a shooting guard.

Schools:

  • Arizona
  • Memphis
  • Louisville
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Texas A&M